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Course Overview

The aim of this programme is to develop a rigorous scientific approach to understanding of diabetes and metabolic complications associated with poor nutrition, obesity, lifestyle and ageing. This will be achieved through a series of lectures, small class tutorials, case study sessions with clinicians from the NHS Grampian, nutritionists and research scientist from the Institute of Medical Sciences and the Rowett Institute of Nutrition and Health. Later on in the session, this can also be achieved by conducting an independent and original research project, working alongside experienced laboratory researchers. This will equip you with the full range of academic, critical thinking, research and investigatory skills necessary for laboratory research and/or PhD study.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Nimesh Mody

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Postgraduate Programme

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?


Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

The course will consist of taught lectures, debate and discussion sessions, critical paper and data analysis, clinical case studies and medical statistics. By completing this programme you will be able to critically evaluate current concepts in diabetes and metabolic complications research field; exhibit a deep understanding of how nutrition, diet, health, ageing and endocrine disruptors interact at a molecular and whole body level; gain an appreciation of the clinical situation presented to the consultants in the NHS; form a debate around the effects of different dietary constituents and how these contribute to health and disease; and finally design and conduct a research study that would answer an important question in current diabetes therapy design.

In light of Covid-19 this information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Tutorial during University weeks 26 - 29, 38 - 39
  • 2 Tutorials during University weeks 30 - 35

More Information about Week Numbers

In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for second half-session courses may be subject to change. All updates for second-half session courses will be actioned in advance of the second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

Online MCQ test (35%)

3000 word Essay (35%)

Oral presentation (15%)

Abstract (15%)

Resit for students taking the course in AY20/21:

Resit of any failed element


Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ReflectionEvaluateEvaluate principal theories and concepts in one or more specialisms within diabetes field
ProceduralEvaluateAnalyse methods of technologies, practices and materials associated with diabetes research
ConceptualAnalyseA critical awareness of current issues in diabetes research and diabetes treatment
FactualUnderstandConstructing an understanding of normal and abnormal metabolism

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